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Lateral view of a Female Hexagenia limbata (Ephemeridae) (Hex) Mayfly Dun from the Namekagon River in Wisconsin
Hex Mayflies
Hexagenia limbata

The famous nocturnal Hex hatch of the Midwest (and a few other lucky locations) stirs to the surface mythically large brown trout that only touch streamers for the rest of the year.

Dorsal view of a Sweltsa (Chloroperlidae) (Sallfly) Stonefly Nymph from the Yakima River in Washington
This species was fairly abundant in a February sample of the upper Yakima.
27" brown trout, my largest ever. It was the sub-dominant fish in its pool. After this, I hooked the bigger one, but I couldn't land it.
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Report at a Glance

General RegionThe Upper Peninsula of Michigan
Specific Locationthe yoop
Dates Fished2011-2012
Fish CaughtA lil of everything

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Escanaba, MI

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Pryal74 on Nov 30, 2012November 30th, 2012, 9:37 am EST
Here are our reports... I'm not posting this to advertise... just to show everyone what we have been up to since 2011 until now
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DUBBN on Nov 30, 2012November 30th, 2012, 9:51 am EST
You look like you have been busy. Very nice website.
It's OK to disagree with me. I can not force you to be right.
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St. Paul, MN

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Kschaefer3 on Nov 30, 2012November 30th, 2012, 11:39 am EST
I've been waiting for these for awhile, Jim. Very nice! I think you caught more fish in the last year than I have my whole life. No doubt I will be making my way up there this spring.
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Palmyra PA

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Martinlf on Dec 3, 2012December 3rd, 2012, 3:45 pm EST
Nice fish, Jim. Are your steelies and lake run browns from fingering plantings? How about the salmon?
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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Escanaba, MI

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Pryal74 on Dec 6, 2012December 6th, 2012, 7:56 am EST
@ Kyle... thanks. Glad you had the experience of what fishing is like up here.

@ Martinlf. Some of the browns are from plants, but their are natural reproduction. You can usually tell by the pectoral fins. The planted trout seem to have underdeveloped fins, while the wild trout have fuller and more developed fins.

The Steelhead fall into the same category in some places. However, quite a lot of them are in fact wild.

The salmon all vary depending on what river system we fish.
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Jesse on Dec 6, 2012December 6th, 2012, 11:56 am EST
James they are some great photos man i really enjoy seeing beautiful fish like that. Im fortunate to have the opportunity to fish for some lake runners myself, brown trout that is, but nothing of that magnitude. The creeks and lakes around me are very small, and getting a nice laker to take is very tricky. I wish i could say i have the opportunity to swing meat at them or egg for them throughout the day, but its more or less that if your not after them in the worst of conditions they are tough shit. Plus, it would be nice to hook into a beautiful coho or chromer while trying to catch a brown. Good stuff man one day i will make it up to you and we could get something together. How old are you man?
Most of us fish our whole lives..not knowing its not the fish that we are after.
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Escanaba, MI

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Pryal74 on Dec 7, 2012December 7th, 2012, 12:19 pm EST
@ Jesse. Unfortunately I am 36 as a few days ago. Haha. I kid, I kid. I feel like I am really spoiled here living where I do and getting the opportunity to hook up with some absolute beasts. Lake run fish can be finicky, but proper presentation is the absolute key. You have to find what they are eating and present it as naturally as possible. I'm sure you will do fine man.

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